Two Great Passions: Chocolate and Trains

Chocolate train

Read the story here:    

Cadbury Chocolate Harder to Melt

Cadbury bar

Found this story rather interesting. Won’t apply to us here in the USA (AZ could be a candidate tho) since it’s an Eastern Asia product,  but shows how candy science marches on!      

No Goo-Goo Shortages!

No Goo-Goo shortage at my house!

Yes, I’m pleased to report that there will be no shortages of G00-Goo Clusters in the Parker housefold for the near future. A generous client found out that an acquaintance had an “in” with the Nashville candy manufacturer so she arranged for these samples to be sent to me. So, to her I say “thanks” [...]

“Hot Chocolate” has new meaning!

Photo: Joseph Erdos. This calls for a taste test… serve it with Mexican cocoa and macaroons for the total taste bonanza!

DIY Valentine’s Chocolates Video.


Found this video which I think is very useful and easy to follow, even for those who have never tried melting chocolate before. With Valentine’s Day coming up faster than you might think, here’s a way to save some money… make those Valentine sweets for your sweetie yourself!! Guaranteed to impress. Watch the video here: [...]

A New Holiday Fudge

Gingerbread fudge is new to me but it sure sounds appealing. I found it on this site. Let me know how it turns out if you decide to make some yourself!  

Fun and Delicious Competition

One of the best dark chocolates.

This is the kind of contest I like and would like to judge (hint, hint)  

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Licorice Can Be A Healthy Snack, It’s True!

Searching for a healthy munchy, you say? A snack you can feel guilt free about eating? Sounds a little too good to be true, I hear you saying, but actually, for licorice lovers anyway, it’s true. Read on.

Natural Vines premium licorice offers strawberry and black licorice, all natural bite-size pieces with no trans or saturated fats, no high fructose corn syrup nor preservatives. It also has zero cholesterol, and is very low in sodium. Sweetened with molasses and pure cane sugar, these licorice bites are soft and chewy with a big flavor so enjoy them freely. But, be aware, they are not calorie free. Read the package to determine when you should stop according to your dietary needs.

Looking Ahead for Candy Opportunities

Season and Thoughts Turning to Halloween.

The hot season for candy is approaching, starting with the ritual of free candy, then cruising toward the granddaddy of all, the Christmas holidays.

But first lets look at Halloween candy, since it’s already in the stores. If I had to choose one image that conjures up all the childhood memories associated with Halloween, it would have to be the ubiquitous candy corn. Almost iconic in it’s use in ads, stories and in sales.

However, in doing some research I have learned that not everyone believes that the candy was orginally a Halloween candy at all.

There is an enormous amount of information available about candy corn from the National Confectioners Association, which bills itself as “one of the oldest, most respected trade associations in the world.” It was founded in 1884 – shortly after candy corn was invented reportedly by George Renninger of the Wunderle Candy Company and shortly before the multicolored concoction of corn syrup, honey, and sugar was mass produced in by the Goelitz Confectionery Company.

Yes, it is true that many people associate candy corn with Halloween and vice-versa. It is also true that the day before Halloween, October 30th, is National Candy Corn Day, although it is not clear what one is supposed to do to celebrate, other than buy candy corn. And it is further true, according to the association, that more than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year: “That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces—enough to circle the moon nearly 21 times if laid end-to-end”

But, as the National Confectionery Association itself points out, “Candy Corn is not just for Halloween anymore. Candy makers have made Reindeer Corn for Christmas, Cupid Corn for Valentine’s Day and Bunny Corn for Easter.”

The Web site Serious Eats lists candy corn as one of the 10 worst things to hand out (or get) on Halloween: “The most polarizing candy of all. The fruitcake of Halloween; it just never goes away. If you love them, fine. But don’t subject the rest of us haters to the sickeningly sweet triangle that tastes like neither candy nor corn.”

However a recent poll by Huffington Post of its readers found that the worst candy, in their opinion, to hand out was the circus peanut!!

I remember them clearly, and my dear Mother still  loves to eat them. No info just yet on their caloric assault but at least they’re not filling!!

Written by Marv Parker

So Why Is It Called Salt Water Taffy?

When It doesn’t have any salt water in it? I found myself asking that old question again this past weekend while driving along the coastal town of Bodega Bay which, of course being by the ocean, has a candy store with a big enticing sign. So I decided to so some research. According to Wikipedia [...]

August 31, 2010 0
Photo: Great Alaska Seafood
Written by Marv Parker

OMG! – Polar Bear Smoochies

The excitement is mounting here at headquarters as news of yet another one-of-a-kind candy product crosses our electronic threshold! Direct from Alaska, but not in a political way, is this taste sensation: Polar Bear Smoochies. Described by their makers at Great Alaska Seafood(!): “…are a delightful concoction of crunchy peppermint and creamy white chocolate, [...]

August 27, 2010 0
Written by Marv Parker

Cowpies – A Favorite Treat!

I know, you’re saying, “huh?” Truth be told, Cowpies are a favorite candy of mine… the ones that come from Baraboo Candies in Baraboo, Wisconsin. I discovered them several years ago when visiting my wife’s family. They are made of caramel, pecans and a chocolate coating; three of my favorite ingredients. Using honest to goodness [...]

August 27, 2010 0
Cadbury bar
Written by Marv Parker

US Cadbury vs. UK Cadbury

In another posting here, I mentioned that I spent my teen years in France, part of an Army family, and I had my favorites of many desserts and goodies. And of course, that was a time of discovery: girls, motorbikes and chocolate! And what better place than Europe to learn an appreciation of  quality ingredients. [...]

August 25, 2010 0
Written by Marv Parker

Nostalgic French Candy, Carambar – An Old Favorite

I spent my teenage years in France, at an American housing facility, being an Army brat, about 15 miles W of Paris. Of all the choices I had for French candies and goodies, and there were many, I discovered the Carambar was my favorite for every day eating. And I ate them everyday, it seems. [...]

August 20, 2010 0
Twizzler by Mail
Written by Marv Parker

Candy in Mail – Is that a good thing?

So, Sunday morning in addition to the SF Chronicle I get some free candy: a Twizzlers. I have never eaten one, so at first I was puzzled as to why I got it. Then I realized everyone who subcribes to the Sunday paper got one. That’s a lot of candy floating around the county. An [...]

August 17, 2010 0
Definitely an aquired taste!
Written by Marv Parker

Chocolate Covered What??

There seems to be a prevailing attitude that anything good to eat will taste even better if it’s chocolate coated. Now I’ve long been a fan of chocolate dipped strawberries and I was raised in Georgia eating peanuts so covering them in chocolate seemed quite normal and became my favorite candy of all time. But [...]

August 12, 2010 0
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